National Parks in Your Pocket
The National Parks of New York Harbor Video Series
The National Parks of New York Harbor includes 23 unique destinations, all of them easy to reach by subway, car or ferry. Now, the National Parks in Your Pocket video series makes it even easier for you to "visit" Gateway National Recreation Area, Grant's Tomb and Hamilton Grange with just a click of your mouse.
Each video is available in three formats: Windows Media (.WMV), Quicktime (. MOV, for iPods) and Apple TV (.M4V). Choose the format that works best for your computer. TIP: If your connection is slow, save the videos to your computer first. Right-click your mouse over the link. Choose "save target as" from the pop-up menu. Save the file to any folder on your computer.
What do you think? We want to know what interests you about the National Parks of New York Harbor. Do you have any comments, or suggestions for new podcasts? Drop us a line!
Photo by NPS volunteer Devora Fein
Citizen scientists look out for Jamaica Bay’s turtles (4:28)
Citizen scientists, from high school students to college professors, volunteer to keep watch over Jamaica Bay’s population of diamondback terrapins.
Jamaica Bay is for the birds (3:41)
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a safe haven for nearly 350 different species of birds from all over the hemisphere.
Climate change threatens Jamaica Bay’s salt marshes (4:29)
Even a small rise in the water level can drown Jamaica Bay’s salt marshes. See what Gateway National Recreation Area is doing to preserve this important wildlife habitat.
Guardian of New York Harbor (3:46)
Fort Wadsworth preserves two historic forts and offers a terrific view of New York Harbor. Some images courtesy of The New York Public Library. Used by permission.
How goats help preserve Fort Wadsworth (3:03)
Beaches are only the beginning (3:34)
Sandy Hook’s beaches attract over two million people a year. But did you know about its bird habitat, salt marsh and the largest holly forest on the east coast?
Disappearing guns and nuclear missiles (4:28)
Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook defended New York Harbor using cutting-edge weaponry.
Life at an Army fort (3:09)
Sandy Hook has the oldest standing lighthouse in the U.S. But many of Fort Hancock’s military structures are just as significant. Photos: NPS, Sandy Hook Archives.
Parks and partners make education exciting (4:39)
The NPNH Education Center collaborates with the College of Staten Island, Brooklyn College and other National Parks in New York Harbor to create hands-on education programs, providing learning opportunities for students, teachers and other professional educators.
Collection of The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.
Moving Hamilton’s house across the street (4:16)
Alexander Hamilton was known as an energetic man who never stopped moving. But why has the home of this founding father moved twice in 200 years? Images courtesy of The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.
A founding father’s elegant home (3:36)
The man on the $10 bill—soldier, statesman, economic visionary—built a home in northern Manhattan that showcases his own imagination and attention to detail. Images courtesy of The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and The New-York Historical Society. Used by permission.
Did You Know?
Martin Van Buren was the first bilingual president. He was raised in a community where Dutch was more common than English reflecting New York’s beginning as a colony of Holland. As a boy he spoke Dutch at home with his parents, siblings, and throughout the Village of Kinderhook.